What are the important events that happened on August 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
August 16: Facts & Myths About This Day
August 16 is the 228th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,098,560 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaoctagon’ day.
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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 162 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,429 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 16 Historical Events
American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden – The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
Who were born on August 16?
Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
Bernarr McFadden, American publisher (d. 1955)
Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch singer (Golden Earring)
Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
Mateja Svet, Slovenian alpine skier
Didier Agathe, French footballer
Tomohiro Ito, Japanese sprinter
Chris Reynolds, Welsh DJ
G.E.M., Hong Kong singer
Who died on August 16?
John, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
Patrick Francis Moran, Irish-Australian cardinal (b. 1830)
King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
Robert Johnson, American blues singer and guitarist (b. 1911)
Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
William Halsey Jr., American Navy Admiral (b. 1882)
William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
Dewey Robertson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1939)
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